Cancer Survivorship: Fostering Resilience for Cancer Survivors

Cancer Survivorship:
Fostering Resilience for Cancer Survivors

This conference took place on March 7, 2018.

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An interprofessional program designed to enhance health care providers’ knowledge and skills in how to prepare cancer survivors for the challenges of completing treatment and hopefully to not only bounce back but also to "bounce-forward" after cancer.

Logo for University of MarylandThis program is collaboration between the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Social Work, and The University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Intended audience

health care providers, cancer survivors, and caregivers/patient support system

Program Summary

This survivorship program will provide cancer care providers, survivors, and caregivers an interprofessional forum in which to learn how to prepare cancer survivors for the challenges of completing treatment and, hopefully, to not only bounce back but also to "bounce-forward" after cancer. Participants will discuss with physicians, nurses, social workers, nutritionists, physical therapists, and cancer survivors ways in which survivors, their support systems, and their health care team can build resilience after a diagnosis of cancer throughout their survivorship journey.


After participation in this program, attendees will be able to:

  1. Facilitate building resilience as a:
    • health care provider
    • cancer survivor
    • caregivers/patient support system.
  2. Apply strategies to foster healthy living during cancer survivorship.
  3. Apply ethical strategies in caring for cancer survivors.
  4. Discuss their role as part of an interprofessional team in caring for cancer survivors.
  5. Define compassion fatigue for families during cancer survivorship.

Cancer survivors often complete treatment unprepared to return to a "normal" or a "new normal" reality of life.  Survivorship often includes chronic management of cancer- and treatment-related effects (e.g., pain, fatigue), which can be severe, debilitating, or permanent. Also, fear of cancer recurrence and awareness of late-effects of treatment (e.g., second cancers, infertility) may dominate psychological concerns during the first 1-3 years of survivorship. The 2005 Institute of Medicine’s report, Cancer Survivors: Lost in Transition, along with other publications, report large gaps in the provision of care to cancer survivors. Aside from physical symptoms that are often not addressed or relieved, other issues facing cancer survivors include significant fatigue, cognitive dysfunction, changes in sexuality and intimacy, and changes in work life. Therefore, health care providers, survivors and their families require not only knowledge about these long-term issues, they also need skills with which to build the reliance that supports their successful management and ultimately their ability thrive. 


Time Topic
8-8:30 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30-9 a.m.

Welcome and Announcements

Kenneth Miller, MD
Director, Outpatient Oncology, University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center (UMGCCC)

Karen Wickersham, PhD, RN
Assistant Professor, University of Maryland School of Nursing

Seasons of Cancer Survivorship

Kenneth Miller, MD

9-10 a.m.

Resilience During Cancer Survivorship

Lee Daniel Kravitz
Author, Supersurvivors (Harpercollins/Harper Wave)

10-10:45 a.m.

Learning Engagement Session:
Experiences of Cancer Survivors

Joan Miller

Barbara Palmer

Sonia Dolinger

10:45-11 a.m. Coffee Break/Exhibits
11 a.m.-noon

Learning Engagement Session:
Couples: Cancer and Beyond

Matthew Loscalzo, LCSW
Executive Director, Department of Supportive Care Medicine, City of Hope Medical Center, Duarte, CA
Liliane Elkins Professor of Supportive Care Programs, City of Hope Medical Center
Administrative Director, Sheri & Les Biller Patient and Family Resource Center
Professor, Department of Population Sciences
Executive Director, Department of Supportive Care Medicine

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noon-12:30 p.m.

Resilience in Children of Parents with Cancer

Becky Halagarda
Child Life Specialist, UMGCCC

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12:30-1:15 p.m.

Boxed Lunch/Exhibits

Breakout Session:
Couples, Cancer, and Beyond

Matthew Loscalzo, LCSW

1:15-1:45 p.m.

Harnessing Social Contagion to Promote Healthy Survivorship

Lee Daniel Kravitz

1:45-2:30 p.m.

Becoming Part of the Team During Survivorship: Sharing Data and Decision-Making Beyond Treatment

Barbara Van de Castle, DNP, RN-BC, ACNS, OCN
Nurse Educator, Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, Johns Hopkins University

Compassion Fatigue for Families

Suzanne Cowperthwaite, MSN, RN, NEA-BC
Director of Oncology Nursing, UMGCCC

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2:30-3:30 p.m. Learning Engagement Session:
Ethics of Cancer Survivorship

Matthew Loscalzo, LCSW

Judith Marsteller

Ann Domenici

3:30-4:15 p.m.

Learning Engagement Session:
Fostering Healthy Living During Survivorship: Building Resilience


Gregory Mesa, MSPT
Outpatient/Pediatrics Manager, University of Maryland Medical Center, UMMC


Kaitlin Schotz, RD, LDN, CNSC
Department Head, Clinical Nutrition, UMMC

Caroline Meehan, RDN, LDN
Nutritionist, Clinical Nutrition, General Nutrition/Renal Transplant/Radiation Oncology, University of Maryland Medical System

Supportive Care

Katarina Steacy, CRNP, FNP-C, CPON
Nurse Practitioner, Maryland Proton Treatment Center

4:15-4:30 p.m. Closing Remarks

Kenneth Miller, MD

Karen Wickersham, PhD, RN

Catherine Miller, MSW, LCSW


Continuing Education

For Nurses

The University of Maryland School of Nursing is accredited as a provider of continuing education for nurses by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Nurses who attend the entire program, submit a verification of attendance form, and complete the conference evaluation may receive a certificate awarding 7 continuing education credits (CEs).  Partial credit is not provided.

For Physicians


The University of Maryland School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation:

The University of Maryland School of Medicine designates this Live activity for a maximum of 7.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

For Social Workers

The University of Maryland School of Social Work Office of Continuing Professional Education is authorized by the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners to sponsor social work continuing education programs and maintains full responsibility for this program. This workshop qualifies for 7 Category I Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Successful completion of this activity requires your signature on the sign-in sheet, participation in the entire activity, and completion of an evaluation form.


The following fees include program materials, breakfast, and lunch.

Category Registration CE Fees
Individual $75

Included in registration fee

Full-time student $35 $20
UMGCC employee Complimentary $20

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